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    I was reading an earlier post about SAFER grant. Does IFD know if they have gotten the grant and if not when will they know? Is IFD planning on using this money to help hire firefighters? Will this $50 million "extra" money in safer for military going to affect the list rank if they get grant money?

    I saw an article in Indianapolis newspaper saying a new "public safety" director has been named. Is this good for department?


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    Quote Originally Posted by CFD11 View Post
    FD,
    Thats is exactly what I was told, due to travel arrangements they said I could waive the second orientation and test out on my practice runs.
    Do you mind explaining this for me? I am from out of state and was not planning on attending any practice sessions. When you test out at the practice day, is that your only chance? (i.e. if you fail, you're removed from the process) Or do you get to try again at your official test day? If it is a "free" try, it will be worth the trip.

    Does anyone else have knowledge of this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hewartson47 View Post
    Do you mind explaining this for me? I am from out of state and was not planning on attending any practice sessions. When you test out at the practice day, is that your only chance? (i.e. if you fail, you're removed from the process) Or do you get to try again at your official test day? If it is a "free" try, it will be worth the trip.

    Does anyone else have knowledge of this?
    From the way it was explained, if you use your "practice run" as the actual Test and pass it counts, if you fail, it doesn't DQ you and you can finish the course at your practice. So you really get 3 shots at it if you fail at both practices you still have your official test.

    Does that help? Also, if you do come to a practice to run it make sure you bring your packet that way if you pass you don't have to mail it in or make a trip to bring it to HQ. Good Luck to all!

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    It does, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vfd269 View Post
    I was reading an earlier post about SAFER grant. Does IFD know if they have gotten the grant and if not when will they know? Is IFD planning on using this money to help hire firefighters? Will this $50 million "extra" money in safer for military going to affect the list rank if they get grant money?

    I saw an article in Indianapolis newspaper saying a new "public safety" director has been named. Is this good for department?
    We are still waiting on the SAFER grant which I think will help drive the rest of the hiring process. The new Director has his hands full with the cops right now. We will wait and see if he is a friend or not. The last guy was but the cops didn't like him because he held them accountable.

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    Hopefully the SAFER works out! I have my hotel booked and will see you all this weekend. Bringing the wife this time to let her see the city and get a feel for it. Any suggestions? Already plan on being downtown extensively and by the canal, but anything else ya'all can think of? And, do any of you guys want to meet up for dinner this weekend?

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    CFD11 there are alot of restaurants and such downtown there. All within walking distance for the most part. There is also Circle Centre Mall that is directly downtown with quite a few stores. South of Indianpolis there is a suburb called Greenwood. They also have alot of restaurants and a mall also. If you take 31 or I-65 south you cant miss it. Hope you enjoy your time and good luck with getting hired on!

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    ya'all... maybe you should just stay home, that only fits down there lol

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    LOL don't you have a EMT B test to be studying for recruit! LOL hit the books and a little less firehouse forums lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFD11 View Post
    Hopefully the SAFER works out! I have my hotel booked and will see you all this weekend. Bringing the wife this time to let her see the city and get a feel for it. Any suggestions? Already plan on being downtown extensively and by the canal, but anything else ya'all can think of? And, do any of you guys want to meet up for dinner this weekend?
    There is plenty to do downtown. Try St. Elmo's steak house. At least stop in for a couple of drinks and the shrimp cocktail appetizer. Otherwise be prepared to spend a bunch of money. There are plenty of other restaraunts and bars to choose from. Tilted Kilt, Kilroy's, Ike & Jonesy's, are all close together near Meridian St.

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    Well, the CPAT is in the bag and I've turned in my packet. Wonder when and how many will go on to the ladder climb, psychological eval, etc.?

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    I failed my practice session yesterday. I got to the last event and I got really dizzy and cramped up. I was taken to the ER and after a series of blood and urine work, I was told I have a severe case of dehydration. Which makes sense. I was feeling fine until I got to the dummy drag. I finished the dummy drag and I just could not move on. I did not eat at all before my practise session nor have anythinig to drink and I paid the price.
    I need to stay hydrated and eat well. I have been workoing out hard for the last 3 months and this just makes me feel bad.
    For those who passed, can you give me some tips as to how you prepared hydration and food wise.
    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aspire View Post
    I need to stay hydrated and eat well. I have been workoing out hard for the last 3 months and this just makes me feel bad.
    For those who passed, can you give me some tips as to how you prepared hydration and food wise.
    Thank you.
    Hey, don't get too down on yourself, you still have two more attempts. Just take what you learned this time and try to improve in your problem areas. Was this your first ever time taking the CPAT? How do you think you were doing before the dizziness and cramping started? Were you having trouble with any specific event or was it just a cumulative thing?

    As for hydration, try to drink lots of water everyday, not just the day of the test. Gatorade, etc. is good to replenish after a workout, but you should be drinking lots of water all day, everyday. Also, try to minimize caffeine intake. Caffeine in large amounts can act as a diuretic, meaning it causes you to urinate frequently can lead to dehydration. Plus, you'll be plenty amped up from natural adrenaline by the time you step onto the stairclimber.

    For food, all I can say is don't skip a meal and be sure you eat a solid dinner the night before your test. Long-distance runners go with pasta the night before a race because it allows your body to load up on easy to burn energy, so consider something like that. Then, even if you have an early test time, be sure to eat at least a small breakfast. Just a powerbar, granola bar, or cereal will help prevent low blood sugar.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hewartson47 View Post
    Hey, don't get too down on yourself, you still have two more attempts. Just take what you learned this time and try to improve in your problem areas. Was this your first ever time taking the CPAT? How do you think you were doing before the dizziness and cramping started? Were you having trouble with any specific event or was it just a cumulative thing?

    As for hydration, try to drink lots of water everyday, not just the day of the test. Gatorade, etc. is good to replenish after a workout, but you should be drinking lots of water all day, everyday. Also, try to minimize caffeine intake. Caffeine in large amounts can act as a diuretic, meaning it causes you to urinate frequently can lead to dehydration. Plus, you'll be plenty amped up from natural adrenaline by the time you step onto the stairclimber.

    For food, all I can say is don't skip a meal and be sure you eat a solid dinner the night before your test. Long-distance runners go with pasta the night before a race because it allows your body to load up on easy to burn energy, so consider something like that. Then, even if you have an early test time, be sure to eat at least a small breakfast. Just a powerbar, granola bar, or cereal will help prevent low blood sugar.

    Good luck!
    Thank you for the advice. It is greatly appreciated.
    This is the first time I will be taking the CPAT. I have watched alot of videos online to make myself mentally aware.
    I did not have any major problem with any of the events. When I got to the dummy drag, I started feeling really dizzy and disoriented. I have been trying all day to take my mind off it and just focus on my next try.
    I started drinking alot of water when I got home from the hospital last night and already switched up my food choice. Not much I can do between now and my next try but just keep working out and staying focus.
    Thanks for the advice on food as well. I am just used to working out on empty stomach to avoid nausea but I have been wrong all along. I will give it my best shot.
    Again, Thank you!

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    Passed my CPAT today! Thanks to everyone for me stalking everyone's posts. In regards to your dehydration Aspire, I'm going to piggyback off Hewartson. I made it a point to drink at the minimum a gallon of water for the week prior to the CPAT. I ate a pasta dinner the night before (carb load). I also had a power bar for breakfast and a power bar an hour and half before the CPAT (while still drinking water). This worked for me, and has worked for me in the Marine Corps when I went on 20 mile hikes with 80+ lb pack. Like said before, you have two more chances so don't let it bring you down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USMC Grunt View Post
    Passed my CPAT today! Thanks to everyone for me stalking everyone's posts. In regards to your dehydration Aspire, I'm going to piggyback off Hewartson. I made it a point to drink at the minimum a gallon of water for the week prior to the CPAT. I ate a pasta dinner the night before (carb load). I also had a power bar for breakfast and a power bar an hour and half before the CPAT (while still drinking water). This worked for me, and has worked for me in the Marine Corps when I went on 20 mile hikes with 80+ lb pack. Like said before, you have two more chances so don't let it bring you down.
    Congratulations and thank you for the words of encouragement. I will adhere to all the advice. Sincerely, I believe deep down this was what hurt me. Again, congrats and I hope to join the ranks on the 17th.

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    I wrapped up my CPAT this weekend as well. Now comes the hardest part of any process. . . . The waiting game. On another note, the wife loved the area and now she is bouncing off the walls wanting to go back!

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    Anyone know when the aerial climb is set for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aspire View Post
    Congratulations and thank you for the words of encouragement. I will adhere to all the advice. Sincerely, I believe deep down this was what hurt me. Again, congrats and I hope to join the ranks on the 17th.
    Hopefully, the 2nd try went well. PM if you need any more help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndyS3 View Post
    Anyone know when the aerial climb is set for?
    My understanding is that only those given conditional offers complete the aerial climb, so it won't be anytime soon.

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